ESGR photo: Dr. Konard Hauffe, North Main Dental, accepts a Patriot Award Nov. 26. The Patriot Award recognizes employers with extraordinary support of employees serving in the South Dakota Guard and Reserve. Pictured with Haufe, from left, are Sgt. First Class Sara Cantine, Bobbie Johnson, Kristin Appelhof and Jessica Intare.
South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced that D.r Konard Hauffe, DDS, with North Main Dental in Brookings, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of his service member employee.
The Patriot Award, created by ESGR, publicly recognizes individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who, like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve.
Hauffe was nominated for being supportive of his employee, who serves in the Army National Guard Medical Command.
Sara Cantine said that she nominated Hauffe, who is also a retired colonel from the South Dakota Army National Guard, “because he is constantly praising me for my service. He goes above and beyond to ensure I am able to have time off for drill or needing to leave early. He has never questioned my service and is one of my biggest supporters. I probably would not have re-enlisted if I did not have the support of Dr. Hauffe and my family.”
Hauffe stated that he will always be a supporter of the South Dakota Army National Guard and was very honored by this award.